Article published in:Hispanic Child Languages: Typical and impaired development
Edited by John Grinstead
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 50] 2009
► pp. 195–214
Person and number asymmetries in child Catalan and Spanish
This study provides a unified account for the different Number Agreement patterns attested in early Catalan and Spanish. The scarce Person Agreement errors analyzed indicate the existence of a pragmatic rather than a syntactic deficit while, concerning Number, the distribution of plural subjects show than children are sensitive to linear order as in other domains of grammar. As for Number marking, subjects trigger Number Agreement on the verb in preverbal and not in post-verbal position. Following Guasti & Rizzi’s proposal (2002) we suggest that the overt movement of the plural DP to a position in which it enters into an agreement relation with V is not realized, yielding the possibility that Agreement features not be checked in the overt syntax and that the verb surfaces without plural marking.
Published online: 22 October 2009
Cited by 1 other publications
Fernández Fuertes, Raquel & Silvia Sánchez Calderón
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